Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The biology of religion

Okay, I'm not into discussing "religion talk" with anyone; But Dan Dennet brings an interesting perspective. Philosopher Dan Dennett thinks of religion as a natural phenomenon, a human feature that has evolved over millennia to meet each society's changing needs. From this, he makes a brilliant case for studying religion -- all religion -- as rigorously as we do science. Dennett, who followed Rick Warren on stage at TED2006, then takes a few minutes to analyze Warren's The Purpose-Driven Life and dispute several of its claims -- among them a belief that in order to be moral, one must deny evolution.

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